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Effective Median Sternotomy Closure in High-Risk Open Heart Patients

Authors
Journal
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
0003-4975
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
89
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2009.05.057

Abstract

We describe a novel surgical technique with a median sternotomy closure in high-risk open heart patients. In contrast to conventional sternal closure, in which sternal wires are passed through the intercostal space, the novel technique in sternal closure passes sternal wires transcostally or through costo-chondral joints.

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